The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

by

Simon Wiesenthal

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness: Theodore M. Hesburgh Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Hesburgh states that his instinct is to forgive Karl, because he is a Catholic priest. He argues that humans should aspire to be as forgiving of each other as God is of humans. He concludes by stating that he would forgive because God would forgive, and he is a surrogate for God.
Hesburgh’s argument is emblematic of other Catholic respondents, particularly those who are clergymen and speak with the authority of God. Like the Cardinal’s later response, Hesburgh argues for Simon to be more godlike and forgive Karl.
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